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Monday, September 11, 2017 1:00 am

Education Notebook

Tech puts ring on it for academic teams

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

The academic champions at Indiana Tech have new bling.

The university recently honored nearly a dozen students from the Cyber Warriors cyber defense team and the National Society of Black Engineers chapter with rings for their state and national accomplishments last school year.

Dave Aschliman, the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences dean, said he would like to make the recognition an annual event.

“These are the uplifting days for me,” he said.

Chilinda Cobb and Cameron Owens won the national debate competition during the NSBE's 43rd annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri, where they defeated the University of Southern California. At regionals, they beat Ohio State, adviser Susan McGrade said.

“They really have set a new standard for us,” she said.

The Cyber Warriors, meanwhile, are upholding a winning tradition. They notched their third consecutive championship in the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, which included competitors from Purdue and Indiana universities.

The honorees were Tony Burkhart, Carson White, Matt Billeck, Ethan Anderson, Chandler Dodenhoff, Austin Blanton, Matt Kowal and Ian Springer.

Noting the team practices on weekends, Aschliman said the Cyber Warriors have earned their success for their dedication and hard work.

Adviser Matt Hansen said the team logs about 1,000 hours of practice a year for a competition season that begins late this month and ends in April. Getting recognition for their accomplishments is “huge,” he said.

Cobb and Owens said they were excited to receive rings, which Owens said were “tremendously appreciated” and could help increase student involvement.

Scholarships and recognitions

• Fort Financial Credit Union awarded scholarships to two students from Fort Wayne as part of its annual scholarship competition. Olivia Roth of Taylor University received a $3,000 scholarship. Jordan Bridges of Purdue University received a $2,000 scholarship.

Isabelle Turner of Decatur represented Indiana at the 2017 National Youth Science Camp, a national STEM program in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. Participants of this nearly monthlong program of academics and outdoor adventure are selected on merit.

Indiana Tech

Rachel Pease joined Indiana Tech Aug. 21 as vice president for institutional advancement, which works to engage alumni, friends, foundations and corporate partners in the life of the university. She most recently worked at Dickinson College of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and was part of a division that raised more than $11 millio per year.

Ivy Tech

• Ivy Tech Community College has named Mary Anne Sloan as vice president for health care. She is responsible for the Schools of Health Sciences and Nursing. She most recently served as a vice president at Thomas P. Miller and Associates and previously worked at Purdue University. She has also served as a nurse and commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, both on active duty and in the reserves, achieving the rank of lieutenant commander.

• Ivy Tech's Fort Wayne campus is offering noncredit personal enrichment classes this fall. The October classes are “How to Boil Water,” a class for terrible cooks; “Artistic Welding – Holiday Treasures,” which starts with a beginner's lesson on welding; and “Go Nuts for Donuts!,” a doughnut-making class. The cooking class is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20. The welding class is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21. The doughnuts class is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21. Costs and registration deadlines vary. Go to for more information or to register.

Saint Francis

• The University of Saint Francis recognized the faculty's 2016-17 achievements at an August banquet. Gregory Smith of the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership received the Leepoxy Award for Teaching Excellence. Kimberly Bowers of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences received the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. The following people earned promotions: Shawn Ambrose, associate professor of business administration; Ken Bugajski, professor of English; Angela Harrell, associate professor for radiologic technology; Robert Lee, associate professor of accounting; David Mullins, professor of sociology; Paul Schmidt, associate professor of physics; Theresa Sorgen-Burleson, assistant professor for surgical technology; Louise Weber, professor of biology; and Matthew White, assistant professor of animation. Ambrose and Schmidt also earned tenure. Rebecca Coleman and Timm Reed, both of the School of Health Sciences, completed advanced degrees. Sabbaticals were awarded to Carolyn Yoder, assistant professor of nursing, for fall 2017; Karen Palumbo, professor of business administration, for spring 2018; and Warren Pryor, assistant professor of biology, for spring 2018. These faculty members received emeritus ranking: Rick Cartwright, Christina Gilliom, Keith Graham, Nancy Hankee and Debra Middleton.

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